Covid-19… lockdown… quarantine… pandemic… work from home… online classes… social distancing… new normal… These are some new words and phrases that were introduced to us this year and forever changed our lives! What began as fear of the unknown soon turned into a reality where we had no choice but to adapt.

Some changes were obvious — work from home, online schooling, closure of entertainment avenues, online shopping, restrictive lifestyle choices and travel ban. Some changes though were unseen, unexpected and hit us worse than the others — living with family 24×7, confinement within a restricted space, keeping children entertained and occupied, no social interactions, fighting for privacy, personal time and space, financial instability, health concerns and an uncertain future. 

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The article was first published in The Daily Guardian, E-paper on 5 October 2020